The nomination period has been extended until September 18, for the US seats on the IPHC. In May, NOAA started taking nominations for the two seats and received only two names, the current commissioners, Don Lane and Bob Alverson. Nominations can be submitted via email at: IPHC2015nominations@noaa.gov
Or mailed to:
National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Internal Affairs
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring MW 20910
Or faxed to:
Sitka... The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announced today that retention of lingcod bycatch in the commercial salmon troll fishery will close in the entire Southern Southeast Outer Coast (SSEOC) Sector at 11:59 p.m., Thursday, August 20, 2015. The 2015 SSEOC troll lingcod guideline harvest level (GHL) of 3,340 round pounds has been taken.
The lingcod bycatch season remains open in salmon troll fisheries in the Icy Bay Subdistrict (IBS), East Yakutat (EYKT) Section, Northern Southeast Outside (NSEO) Section, Central Southeast Outside (CSEO) Section, Northern Southeast Inside (NSEI) Subdistrict, and Southern Southeast Internal Waters (SSEIW) Sector. Lingcod catch will be closely monitored and fishermen should expect additional area closures on short notice. Closure Read more...
IPHC is taking regulatory proposals for 2016. The deadline to submitt is October 31, 2015. Submission forms can be found at:
www.iphc.int/meetings-and-events/annual-meeting.html or you can call (206) 634-1838.
IPHC also announced the 2015 Interim meeting will be held Tuesday and Wednesday December 1-2 at the Hotel Deca in Seattle WA.
If you are in Sitka the USCG is holding a training academy for several new dockside examiners and would like to get them on as many vessels for training as possible. If you would like to volunteer your boat o September 3 or 4 to let them learn how to conduct exams please contact Steve Ramp at 907-966-5620.
As of July 29, statewide salmon harvest is up to 112 million fish including 55,847,000 humpies, 47,262,000 reds, 8,310,000 chums, 930,000 silvers, and 841,000 kings. Of these 10.4 million are from Southeast, 47.8 million from Prince William Sound, and 2.4 million from Cook Inlet.
Petersburg. . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is soliciting bids to generate $30,000 for the Southeast Alaska aerial survey program.
Bidding for this test fishery will be done in pounds of salmon. Contracts will be awarded to the bidder who bids the lowest total pounds, once Alaska Bidders Preference is considered. Successful bidders agree to pay the State of Alaska $30,000 for the fish and provide the boat(s), gear, and crew to harvest and process the fish. If harvest exceeds the poundage bid, then all overages will be paid to the State at fair market value.
Test fishermen will fish only during times and in area determined by the department in cooperation with the successful bidder. In addition, the department may limit harvest in certain areas. Read more...